H1N1 vaccine available to public in January

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Coconino County Health Department (CCHD) announced last week that H1N1 (swine) flu vaccinations will be available to the general public beginning in January at CCHD clinics. Appointments are required and are available now by calling the CCHD Flu Information Line at (928) 679-7300, or toll-free at 1-877-679-7272.

CCHD Community clinics are currently scheduled as follows:

• Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, (excluding holidays) from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Coconino County Health Department, 2625 N. King St., Flagstaff

• Saturday, Jan. 9 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at Flagstaff High School, 400 W. Elm St.

• Monday, Jan. 11 from 12-4 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Community Church, Highway 87, Milepost 300, Forest Service Road 316, for approximately two miles, Blue Ridge

• Thursday, Jan. 14 from 4-7 p.m. at Williams Elementary-Middle School, 601 N. Seventh St., Williams

• Saturday, Jan. 16 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Page High School, 809 South Navajo Dr., Page

• Saturday, Jan. 23 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the NAU Skydome, 1705 S. San Francisco St., Flagstaff

• Wednesday, Jan. 27 from 2-6 p.m. at Fredonia Elementary School, 221 E. Hortt St., Fredonia

• Saturday, Feb. 13 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Coconino High School, 2801 N. Izabel, Flagstaff.

Additional community clinics will be scheduled and updated clinic schedules will be posted on the CCHD Web site at

www.coconino.az.gov/health. All clinics are based on vaccine availability and are subject to change. There is no out-of-pocket cost for the H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine. Bring your insurance card if you are covered.

Also, please remember to wear clothes that provide easy access to your upper arm.

In additional to CCHD Clinics, many private healthcare providers have received supplies of the H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine and are scheduling appointments for vaccinations.

Seasonal flu vaccinations

CCHD has received a limited supply of seasonal flu vaccine. Call the CCHD Flu Information Line and ask your scheduling representative about appointment availability and eligibility.

Influenza activity often increases significantly during or soon after the Christmas/New Year's holiday season. Even though flu activity has been relatively low in recent weeks, both seasonal and H1N1 (swine) flu viruses will likely increase in circulation during or after the holidays.

CCHD officials encourage people to receive vaccinations for H1N1 (swine) flu and seasonal flu as soon as possible, especially those who are at high risk of influenza complications.

Stop the Spread

These simple actions can stop the spread of germs and help protect you and others from getting sick:

• Wash your hands frequently.

• Cover your mouth with your upper sleeve or with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.

• Don't share eating utensils, cups, and straws.

• Stay home when you are sick. Stay home from work and keep sick children home from school.

• Get a flu shot.

For updated information regarding the availability of the seasonal and H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine call the CCHD Flu Information Line at (928) 679-7300 or toll-free at 1-877-679-7272 or visit CCHD Web site at www.coconino.az.gov/health.

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